The Houston Rockets scored first and never looked back, beating the Denver Nuggets 122-11, and ending a 7 game losing streak to Denver. The most impressive team performance this season for the Rockets was capped by a 17-24 free shooting performance from Dwight Howard who finished with 25 points, and 7 boards. Howard only attempted 6 shots, but the Nuggets attempted the Hack-A-Howard in the 4th and it did not work.
The Rockets had seven players in double-figures, including Chandler Parsons who kicked off the great offensive output in the first quarter, with a 3-point play, and a 4-point play. finishing with 20 points, James Harden handed out 9 dimes, and scored a modest 17 points. Patrick Beverley found the touch from deep making 3-4 from deep finishing with 11 points, while Jeremy Lin tallied 16 points and 7 dimes.
|Kenneth Faried, F||25||4-11||0-0||0-0||5||5||10||1||1||0||1||4||8|
|Jordan Hamilton, F||14||4-8||0-0||0-3||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||3||8|
|J.J. Hickson, C||27||7-12||0-1||0-0||5||3||8||0||1||1||0||4||14|
|Ty Lawson, G||39||11-19||4-6||2-4||0||2||2||17||2||1||5||3||28|
|Randy Foye, G||25||2-12||2-2||2-7||0||0||0||1||1||1||1||4||8|
|Team Rebounds: 43||Technicals: 0|
|Ejections: 0||DQ’s: 1 Player: Fournier (1)|
|Points off turnovers: 19||Team Turnovers: 13|
|Fast Break Points: 10||Points in the Paint: 60|
|Biggest Lead: 0|
|DNP: Anthony Randolph (coach’s decision) , Danilo Gallinari (inactive) , JaVale McGee (inactive)|
|Chandler Parsons, F||34||8-13||3-3||1-2||2||4||6||3||1||0||3||0||20|
|Terrence Jones, F||32||6-11||1-4||1-2||4||8||12||2||1||3||3||2||14|
|Dwight Howard, C||29||4-6||17-24||0-0||0||7||7||1||0||1||4||5||25|
|James Harden, G||36||5-16||5-5||2-6||2||3||5||9||1||1||3||5||17|
|Patrick Beverley, G||27||4-7||0-0||3-4||2||3||5||2||0||1||0||2||11|
|Team Rebounds: 47||Technicals: 0|
|Ejections: 0||DQ’s: 0|
|Points off turnovers: 16||Team Turnovers: 16|
|Fast Break Points: 14||Points in the Paint: 62|
|Biggest Lead: 23|
|DNP: Omer Asik (ill) , Greg Smith (coach’s decision) , Isaiah Canaan (inactive) , Robert Covington (inactive)|
The key players were Terrence Jones, and the emergence of Donatas Motiejunas who had played all of 9 minutes this season, nailed his first three of the season and finished with 12 points. D-Mo was clearly eager to play and did not waste any of his minutes, going as far to showcase his own euro-step on a fast break.
Terrence Jones had to match the hustling, and intensity of Nuggets Kenneth Faried and he did just that. Jones compiled 12 boards, and 14 points on 6-11 shooting.
The Nuggets struggled to cut lead, and for the first time this season the Rockets built a lead and maintained it throughout.
Next up for the Rockets are the Boston Celtics at 8pm on Tuesday night at the Toyota Center!